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Taylor Owings ’13 wins ABA’s Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition

Dec. 17, 2013—Owings' winning entry was her Vanderbilt Law Review Note addressing “When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor."

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Henry Strickland ’83 appointed dean of Cumberland School of Law

Dec. 16, 2013—Henry C. (Corky) Strickland III ’83 has been named dean of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. His appointment will begin July 1, 2014. He succeeds John L. Carroll Jr., who is retiring after 13 years. The announcement was made Dec. 13 and follows a national search. Strickland currently is a professor of law at...

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Mike Newton helps develop blueprint for future Syrian tribunal

Dec. 13, 2013—International Practice Lab students worked on draft statue and provided analyses to help Syrian opposition officials prepare to restore the rule of law.

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Vanderbilt Law School announces new endowed faculty research fund

Nov. 24, 2013—Robert S. Reder ’78, retired partner of Milbank Tweed and current professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt, endows Enterprise Faculty Fund to promote faculty development.

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Contracts classes compete in fall food drive to benefit Second Harvest

Nov. 20, 2013—Food drive organized by Reeshad Ali, the VBA's Community Service Chair.

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Sean Seymore advocates dropping patent requirement that inventions be “useful”

Nov. 19, 2013—Patent expert Seymore argues that "useful disclosure" is a better criteria in forthcoming law review article.

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Patents 101: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Code, the 2014 JETLaw Symposium

Nov. 18, 2013—The 2013-2014 JETLaw Symposium, “Patents 101: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Codes” will be held at Vanderbilt Law School on Friday, January 24th, 2014. The Symposium examines the interaction of Section 101 and patent eligibility of software and DNA, as well as the implication of current jurisprudence on patent eligible subject matter. With the...

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Study by Tracey George and Albert Yoon shows faculty hiring process makes law schools less adaptable

Nov. 12, 2013—George and Yoon found that the biggest factor after faculty candidates pass initial screening was the law school they attended.

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Law Library Director Larry Reeves named Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow

Nov. 11, 2013—Reeves is one of 26 fellows selected for an 18-month program designed to foster leadership skills.

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Associate Dean Kevin Stack honored with 2013 ABA Administrative Law Award

Nov. 8, 2013—Stack and Jerry L. Mashaw of Yale were both recognized with the ABA's 2013 Annual Scholarship Award for best published work in administrative law.

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Legal historian Mark Brandon’s new book addresses changing concepts of family

Nov. 6, 2013—Mark Brandon's book, States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order, was released in September 2013 by the University Press of Kansas.

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Alistair Newbern featured panelist in “Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville”

Nov. 5, 2013—Newbern, an assistant clinical professor of law, chairs the steering committee for Nashville for All of Us, a group founded as part of a successful citywide campaign opposing a proposed English-only ordinance.

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The Gettysburg Address: A 150-Year Retrospective – Panel Discussion

Nov. 4, 2013—Legal historian Dan Sharfstein among panelists who will discuss Lincoln's famous speech, which framed the Civil War as a struggle for the principle of human equality.

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Kip Viscusi discusses methods of estimating the “value of a statistical life” in the October 2013 Monthly Labor Review

Nov. 1, 2013—Viscusi's featured article explains how the availability of more accurate fatality rate estimates has enabled researchers to generate more accurate estimates of the “value of a statistical life.”

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Colorado judge to lead Vanderbilt-based American Judicature Society

Oct. 29, 2013—Judge Russell Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals will be the new executive director of the AJS beginning January 1.

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Zachary Fardon ’92 confirmed as U.S Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Oct. 17, 2013—Fardon's appointment gained the unanimous approval of the U.S. Senate.

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Ganesh Sitaraman awarded 2013 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Oct. 10, 2013—Professor Sitaraman honored for his book, The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars.

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Professor Mike Newton helping organize Syrian war crimes court

Oct. 8, 2013—Professor Newton is among the international war crime experts working to create a war crimes court to deal with atrocities committed during Syria’s civil war.

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Professor Joni Hersch’s research covered by The Wall Street Journal, NBCNews.com, Cosmopolitan, and others

Sep. 30, 2013—Professor Joni Hersch’s paper “Opting Out among Women with Elite Education” is garnering substantial media attention, most recently in The Atlantic. [Read at NBCNews.com] [Read at WSJ.com] [Read at ScienceDaily.com] [Read at BusinessNewsDaily.com] [Read in Cosmopolitan] [Read at Vanderbilt.edu]

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Daniel Gervais elected to the Academy of Europe

Sep. 29, 2013—Gervais is the first professor at a U.S. law school invited to join the Academy of Europe.

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21 members of Class of 2013 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 6, 2013—Order of the Coif members are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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Robert Mikos comments on new DOJ guidelines regarding enforcement of federal marijuana ban

Aug. 29, 2013—In a “major policy shift," marijuana regulation may replace marijuana prohibition under new federal guidelines.

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Judge Thomas Phillips ’69 retires from federal bench

Aug. 27, 2013—Judge Thomas W. Phillips retired on July 6, 2013, which was also his 70th birthday. Judge Phillips became a U.S. magistrate judge in 1991. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 2002. Judge Phillips was honored for his service...

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